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Aug 26th 2012 11:44AM There is actually a race going on among explorers to find the deepest cave in the world -- the Mount Everest of caves, if you will:
Mar 29th 2010 12:40PM The history of this event is pretty remarkable.... Each March—on or around the first day of spring—a select group of boys and girls ranging in age from 6-16 descend on Montpelier, hoping to have their sneakers deemed the smelliest in the country.
Read more: http://failuremag.com/index.php/feature/article/the_odor-eaters_rotten_sneaker_contest/#ixzz0jaIjtQJJ
Mar 28th 2010 10:49PM A lot of the lost luggage ends up at the Unclaimed Baggage Center in Alabama, which purchases lost and unclaimed bags from the airlines, then re-sells their contents. Read more: http://failuremag.com/index.php/feature/article/luggage_lost_..._and_found/#ixzz0jWuqlPjx
Mar 23rd 2010 10:46AM Ben Roethlisberger is potentially in more trouble than most observers realize.
Read more: http://www.failuremag.com/#ixzz0j0l2MF67
Oct 20th 2008 12:11AM Just when you thought the Lions couldn't get any lower ... they get featured in Failure magazine: http://www.failuremag.com/mattmillen_detroitlions.html
Nov 18th 2007 8:10AM I don't see many true similarities between Roethlisberger and McNair, but I do agree that when age and injuries catch up with Big Ben, his play will probably decline precipitously, as is the case with McNair.
Nov 17th 2007 4:29PM Jets fans: Do you remember that today (the 17th) is the anniversary of the Heidi game? See http://www.failuremag.com/thisday.php for a trip down memory lane.
Nov 2nd 2007 12:50PM Uh, hello? Big Ben has been beating teams with his arm all year ... and all during the Super Bowl year as well.
Jun 29th 2007 3:07AM This is a good debate. As for point #1, Max Starks is a somewhat unusual case. Clearly, the Steelers aren't convinced he's a long-term solution at right tackle, otherwise they would have attempted to sign him to a long-term extension. And while it's true that the Steelers offered Starks the highest possible tender ($1.85 million) for 2007 (much higher than his base salary would have been in the fourth year of a four-year deal), I believe they only did so to prevent the Arizona Cardinals from making a bid for his services. Considering the state of Arizona's offensive line, it would be reasonable to expect that Ken Whisenhunt and Russ Grimm would make an offer to Starks. But the Steelers effectively eliminated that possibility by giving him the highest tender (thus requiring any suitor to give up a first-round draft pick as compensation). Of course, Arizona would never have considered giving up the 5th overall pick in the draft for Starks. At any rate, if it weren't for those two coaches leaving the Steelers, Pittsburgh would probably have offered Starks the third-round tender, which I believe would have been $1.3 million. Even so, $1.85 million is hardly an unreasonable amount of money to pay a starting right tackle.
Meanwhile, it's unlikely that the Steelers would ever offer the highest tender to a late round pick like Chris Kemoeatu (for precisely the reason you mention).
As for point #2, I suppose I should clarify that it's the end of the three-year contract and not the restricted free agency tender that helps bring the parties to the negotiating table. Once the player signs the tender offer the chances of him being retained beyond that fourth year drop dramatically. Usually, if the Steelers are serious about retaining a player long-term they will come to an agreement before the player signs the tender. The situation with Max Starks is somewhat akin to that of former safety Chris Hope; the Steelers are buying an extra year to find a replacement.
And to clarify regarding Kendrell Bell and Antwaan Randle El, it's very possible that three-year deals would have made a difference because the Steelers would have had a chance to negotiate with those players before Kansas City and Washington offered those outrageous contracts. On the other hand, second-round picks may be in less of a rush to get back to the bargaining table than late round draft choices so maybe it wouldn't have made a difference. We'll simply never know.